At $12,995, Is This 2011 Ford Expedition a Deal?
Whereas conventional police-spec vehicles have usually been referred to as “Paddy Wagons,” at this time’s Nice Price or No Dice Expedition XLT is extra of a cellular tactical command heart. Let’s see how a lot moolah it can rightfully command.
To say that final Friday’s 1986 Pontiac Fiero with an Artero body kit generated antipathy is an understatement. Extra correct could be to say it generated animosity. Or possibly outright anger. The coup de grâce for the automobile was its $11,500 asking worth. That engendered an excellent angrier 98 % No Cube loss.
Through the years there have been a whole lot of fascinating automobiles which have been pressed into police service. We’re all little doubt accustomed to Dubai’s well-known Lamborghini cop vehicles, that are clearly supposed to make being a cop in hotter-n-hell Dubai a not completely terrible expertise. In France, the agricultural police drive is named the Gendarmerie nationale and final yr it purchased 26 Alpine A110 sports cars for patrol and pursuit duties.
Right here in America, no producer is maybe extra carefully affiliated with legislation enforcement than the Ford Motor Company. That’s not stunning when you think about that the corporate launched its first Police-package car again in 1950, making it the primary carmaker to particularly serve the civil service market. The official Interceptor title got here to be only a yr later in 1951, anointing the specially-tuned flathead V8 accessible within the vehicles.
Today, Ford continues that tradition, offering a slew of law enforcement trucks, utilities, and “prisoner transport” vans. Conspicuous by their absence, however, Ford no longer offers any sort of police “car.”
Remarkably, the company does offer a Police Interceptor package on the massive Expedition SUV, and today we get to look at a 2011 Ford Expedition XLT 4X4 that carries the package deal, in addition to having a number of extra methods up its sleeve.
Externally, this 155,000-mile Expedition actually does look the cop automobile half in the best way that solely plain-wrap automobiles can. It sports activities a bull bar up in entrance, painted metal wheels throughout, and many vibrant LED lights sprinkled in locations the place they’d be most helpful.
Inside, the Police package deal modifications are much more noticeable. These embody a column shift for the transmission, a middle column delete, and an put in radio and lightweight present management panel between the seats. Switches and mics on that activate the aforementioned 300-watt PA and siren system. The large wagon additionally comes with a 110-volt energy inverter, distant management roof-top highlight, and a lockable storage unit within the again with a slide-out drawer, amongst different goodies.
Below the hood lies a 310 horsepower Triton 5.4 liter 24V V8 which is paired with an electronically-controlled six-speed computerized and Management Trac full-time four-wheel drive. That offers the Expedition a towing capability of over 9,000 kilos. New tires be sure that all these kilos get loads of traction.
The vendor describes the truck’s situation as “good” within the advert. It’s famous that the Ford comes with a clear title as nicely. General, it seems to be in first rate form, with no apparent bodywork points and exhibiting anticipated ranges of wear and tear and tear (though no precise tears) on the inside.
It is a distinctive car that trades some utility (switching the third row for the lock field) for lots of fascinating if pointless options. For somebody, that can be a match made in heaven. For the remainder of us, it’s a $12,995 truck and we now have to get our pondering caps on and determine if this former civil servant is civilly priced at that quantity.
What do you say, is that this Police Interceptor Expedition value that $12,995 asking because it sits? Or, for that a lot, may it not even get arrested on this city?
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